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Dammam Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Dammam Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Alleged to be the world’s largest airport- takes up half the desert space just to achieve this for no reason but to be a record breaker in a country where tourism is forbidden! – a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Dammam Airport.

What to Expect

Dammam Airport has a large, modern terminal that serves domestic and international destinations.  Amenities include cafeterias, restaurants, and shops. WiFi is available in designated cafes and two airport lounges, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Reviews are also mixed on the airport procedures. It seems as though travelers departing from the airport will have an easier time, with fast and efficient check-in and security checkpoints. However, reports from arriving passengers indicated that going through Customs and Immigration is a miserable experience, with long, slow lines and rude, inattentive staff.   A recent reviewer (Aug, 2016) reported a wait time of 4 – 5 hours just to get through the Customs and Immigration line!  Past reviews are also mixed on the cleanliness of the airport’s restrooms. One reviewer advises travellers to “go” before they go to the airport!

Where to Sleep

We have no sleep-related reviews, but travellers recommend not staying longer than a few hours if possible. If you’ve visited recently, please write a review to help future travellers! For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service for a fee. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Dammam airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: Airside, International Departures. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  naSmiles Lounge – Location: Airside, Ground Floor, near Gates 120 & 121. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Al-Fursan Golden Lounge – Location: Domestic Departures Level, Airside, Lower Level, between Gates 17 and 18.

If sleeping in Dammam Airport does not appeal to you, the nearest hotels are approx. 45-minute drive away:

  • Golden Tulip Al Hamra – (45 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates
  • Golden Tulip Dammam Corniche Hotel – (45 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. a fee – approx. SR150 each way. » Check Rates
  • Ramada Dammam Hotel & Suites – (45 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available ($). » Check Rates
  • Howard Johnson Hotel – (35 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Dammam Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at Dammam Airport at Coffee Talk (Arrival and Departures Halls).

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside.

Banking Services – Yes

Children’s Play Areas – Yes, in the Departures Area.

Currency Exchange – Location: landside.

Duty Free & Shopping – Extensive Duty Free shopping is available as well as many other stores.

Food & Drinks – There are several self-serve style cafes and restaurants available both landside and airside.

Information Desk – Location: Arrivals area.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Yes

Luggage Trolleys – Yes

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Pharmacy – Yes

Prayer Rooms – Yes. According to the airport’s wikipedia page, there is a mosque on the roof of the car park.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking Rooms – Smoking is permitted in designated smoking rooms in the Departures Area.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of May 2019, Dammam airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air Arabia Egypt • Air India • Biman Bangladesh Airlines • British Airways • Egypt Air • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airlines • Flyadeal • Emirates • FlyDubai • Flynas • Gulf Air • Himalaya Airlines • IndiGo • KLM • Kuwait Airlines • Lufthansa • Middle East Airlines • Oman Air • PIA • Pegasus • Philippines Airlines • Regent Airways • Royal Jordanian • Saudia • SaudiGulf Airlines • SriLankan Airlines • Turkish Airlines.

Airport Bus

SAPTCO airport shuttle buses offer hourly service between the airport and the main bus station. At the time of this update, additional details are not available.

Taxis

Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport.

Last updated: 2019-05-16

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.